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Barnicle: No new radio slot: Will also leave his show at WTKK (The Plagiarist is out!)
Boston Herald ^ | 6/14/07 | Jesse Noyes

Posted on 06/14/2007 3:26:04 AM PDT by raccoonradio

In a surprising turn of events, Mike Barnicle withdrew from the running for the morning-drive slot on talk radio station WTKK-FM (96.9) yesterday.

Citing a full plate of other projects, Barnicle said he’s dropping out of the race to fill the spot left vacant by disgraced host Don Imus. Barnicle is also forfeiting his regular slot on WTKK.

“At the end of the day, it requires so much time, so much energy, I couldn’t do justice to it,” Barnicle said.

Previous commitments to NBC would make it too difficult to host the morning slot from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

But sources inside the station said management wanted to partner Barnicle with a new group of regular guest hosts - an idea Barnicle didn’t warm to.

Barnicle said he’ll stay on in the time slot until a replacement is named. But his planned departure set off new speculation as to who would take his place since, sources said, it was considered a done deal.

WTKK has been looking to fill the morning slot ever since syndicated radio personality Imus was booted by CBS Radio for making on-air racist remarks.

Sources said Herald columnist Margery Eagan and NECN personality Jim Braude, who host the “Eagan and Braude” show in the afternoon, could be moved to mornings. The pair’s program was expanded from one to three hours earlier this year.

Another source said management might look at host Michael Graham to take the lead in the mornings. Both Graham and Barnicle’s regular shows were shaved by an hour last January.

Officials at Braintree-based Greater Media Inc., which owns WTKK, didn’t return requests for comment.

In a statement, Peter Smyth, president and chief executive of Greater Media, said Barnicle and the station couldn’t devote the time needed for the show. Despite his plans to give up a regular show on WTKK, Barnicle will continue to play a role at the station, Smyth said. “Mike was one of the original members of the WTKK staff and will continue to be a part of our team.”


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: howiecarr; mikebarnicle; talkradio; wtkk
Memories of a giddy Howie Carr at the WRKO studios: "Barnicle resigns! Barnicle resigns!"

The plagiarist, the pipe artist, the guy who didn't have enough strength in him to do ONE hour daily... oh, but that's because he's SO important to Media Showing Nothing But Clintons...

1 posted on 06/14/2007 3:26:08 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; Carolinamom; Cheapskate; danno3150; ...

To those on the Howie Carr list: I am leaving today for a week in Ahh-nuld land...leaving you in the capable hands of
GQuagmire. Oh, to be able to hear HC’s show today... :) If
he mentions it...


2 posted on 06/14/2007 3:27:15 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Perhaps they can just re-run old George Carlin bits in his place.


3 posted on 06/14/2007 3:38:19 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: raccoonradio

Morning radio in Boston is a total wasteland.


4 posted on 06/14/2007 3:45:26 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: raccoonradio
“At the end of the day, it requires so much time, so much energy, I couldn’t do justice to it,” Barnicle said.

Finding new ways to spin the news lie is hard work.

5 posted on 06/14/2007 4:12:52 AM PDT by syriacus (Had the US troops remained in S. Korea in 1949, there would have been no Korean War)
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To: raccoonradio

So Barnicle is going to be on MSNBC’s morning show. Good. Even though he is a liberal, he will be much better than that dipstick Joe Scarborough. I was afraid they would give the slot to him with his “Morning Joe” show.

At least Barnicle won’t be kissing Hillary’s butt every day like Scarborough did.


6 posted on 06/14/2007 4:38:40 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (In 2008 Republicans will unite around Guiliani, McCain or Romney and whoop Hillary in a Landslide!!)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

Anyone would be better than Scarborough. As Imus might say, “He . . . is . . . awful!” Problem is that Barnicle can’t hear enough of his own voice.

I still think MSNBC should have given the morning slot to Willie Geist and Amy Rorbach.


7 posted on 06/14/2007 4:44:17 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

.............So Barnicle is going to be on MSNBC’s morning show...............

I reread the article three times, and never saw anything about MSNBC. Where did you get that info?

BTW, WTTK used to broadcast Imus’s show in the morning.


8 posted on 06/14/2007 4:50:53 AM PDT by aShepard (Oh little Mohammad, Couchy, Couchy Coo; your momma is so proud, you'll be the cutest suicide bomber)
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To: aShepard

I stand corrected. I assumed from this statement that Barnicle would automatically be on MSNBC too, but that probably isn’t the case. *Sigh* I guess it was just wishful thinking.

“Citing a full plate of other projects, Barnicle said he’s dropping out of the race to fill the spot left vacant by disgraced host Don Imus”


9 posted on 06/14/2007 5:09:35 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (In 2008 Republicans will unite around Guiliani, McCain or Romney and whoop Hillary in a Landslide!!)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

I hope they give the spot to Michael Graham. Margery Eagan...God no, she’s impossible to listen to. Despite being very liberal, I enjoy Jim Braude. He’s not a mean liberal and has a delightful sense of humor.


10 posted on 06/14/2007 5:47:59 AM PDT by surrey
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To: surrey

Graham would be an upgrade. Barnicle is a disaster - I couldn’t stomach 30 seconds of his drivel. Finneran is equally as bad. Liberals CAN NOT entertain. Waiting for Callahan to come back...


11 posted on 06/14/2007 5:52:17 AM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: raccoonradio

Guess this means that Chris Matthews will now be taking 26 weeks vacation..so Barnacle will get to guest host a lot..


12 posted on 06/14/2007 5:59:04 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

Somewhere Howie Carr is laughing.


13 posted on 06/14/2007 6:01:22 AM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: raccoonradio
They should coax Gerry Callahan away from John Dennis on 'EEI. Callahan sounds like he's just itchin' to do political talk.
14 posted on 06/14/2007 6:02:22 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: billorites
Morning radio in Boston is a total wasteland.

I couldn't agree with you more. All I can say is thank God for Sirius satellite radio . . .

15 posted on 06/14/2007 6:03:13 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: raccoonradio
Oh, to be able to hear HC’s show today

Guess you won't have Internet access. I listen to Howie daily here in Cali-phony-a (aka Governor Schwarzen-Kennedy's playground) via Algore's wet dream.

16 posted on 06/14/2007 6:14:54 AM PDT by ssaftler (Beware the Reverend L. Ron Gore and his Church of Climatology.)
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To: billorites

I don’t even turn my radio on until 10:00 anymore.


17 posted on 06/14/2007 6:19:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

I don’t know if anyone else is going to take a chance on Callahan’s voice. He’s is pretty bad shape.


18 posted on 06/14/2007 6:21:16 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ssaftler

The only Net access I had in Calif. was an occasional
email check via a Kinko’s...


19 posted on 06/20/2007 9:55:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
A little update, Michelle McPhee (who is Boston Herald’s Criminal Justice Reporter and director of that paper’s Boston Police Bureau Division) has now been doing the AM side of the midday time slot on behalf of Michael Graham who has now been doing morning edition since Mike Barnicle’s abrupt resignation two months after Don Imus was relieved of his duties.

However, this AM lineup of Talk 96.9 ‘TKK won’t last for long. Starting 12/3/07 (in a week and a half from now), the AM lineup will be as follows:

5:00-5:30AM It will still be that nationally syndicated news/sports/weather/Wall Street news roundup hosted by Jim Bohanan, I don’t think that’ll be going away.

5:30-6:00AM A rebroadcast of Imus (I think)

6-9:00AM Imus in the Morning (The Sequel, Welcome back)

9AM-12:00Noon The Michael Graham Broadcast.

The PM Lineup will remain the same as it has since the realignment of Jan ‘07.

Also, this will mean that the AM lineup will not have any room for the Michelle McPhee Broadcast which will be confined to just Saturday Mornings from 9AM-12Noon. Unless she’s called to “pinch-hit” aka fill-in.

20 posted on 11/23/2007 8:40:41 AM PST by RPaniagua
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To: RPaniagua

Yeah they tried to get Howie Carr but the courts shot it down (I do the Howie ping so we’ve followed this) and now instead
of Howie getting Imus’ slot, Imus gets his old slot back
and Howie remains on WRKO (aft 3-7 pm). Graham had been
holding the slot for Howie but once the parties involved
found out that a “right to match” clause in Howie’s
contract WAS valid, he couldn’t jump to ‘TKK so basically
we get the status quo.

Of course Howie benefitted from Imus, in a way; Imus
libelled Howie’s wife (a private figure) and Alan
Dershowitz worked out an out-of-court settlement in
which Imus basically helped to pay for Howie’s
condo in Florida.


21 posted on 11/23/2007 8:52:36 AM PST by raccoonradio (Howie Carr is Back! Weekdays 3-7 pm on WRKO & The Howie Network)
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